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April 21, 2012

PSU Softball takes two from UMass Boston

Galvin is winning pitcher in both games for Panthers

            BOSTON, Mass. – The Plymouth State University softball team pounded out 23 hits Saturday afternoon en route to sweeping a Little East Conference doubleheader from the University of Massachusetts Boston, 7-1 and 6-5, at the UMB Softball Field.

            PSU had 14 hits in the opener, led by three apiece from sophomores Jackie Digman and Sam Hebert.  The Panthers led the nightcap 4-0, but UMB battled back to take a 5-4 lead after three innings.  PSU tied the game with a run in the fourth inning and plated the eventual game-winning run in the fifth.

            The Panthers have won eight of their last nine games and 12 of 14 to improve to 17-15 overall and 6-4 in Little East games.  UMB falls to 15-15 overall and 2-8 in the LEC.

            Sophomore Nora Galvin was the winning pitcher for PSU in both games, combining to throw 11.2 innings and allowing just one earned run on eight hits and five walks, striking out 14 batters.  She fanned a season-high10 in a complete-game effort in the opener, and finished the day with a 9-6 season record.

            PSU jumped on top in the first inning of the opener on RBI singles by Digman and Hebert.  The Panthers added two more in the second inning when sophomore Bekah Jackson doubled with one out, junior Jenn Bove followed with an RBI triple and then Bove came home on a UMB throwing error.  Hebert doubled to center in the third and scored on a hit by senior Kristen Vibberts, to make it 5-0, and sophomore Taylor Mancini rounded out the scoring for PSU in the seventh inning with a two-run double.

            The Panthers plated four runs before an out was made in the nightcap.  Hebert and freshman Cynthia Barata drew bases-loaded walks in the rally and Mancini singled home a run.

            UMB came back to take the lead with two runs in the second inning and three in the third.  Senior Lisa Polsonetti and freshman Samantha Hemstock delivered RBI hits in the second, while senior Maria Nasta hit a solo home run and freshman Amanda Perry added a two-run single in the third.

            PSU tied the game in the fifth when junior Calli DeGrace and Jackson reached base with no outs, a sacrifice bunt moved them over, and DeGrace scored on an infielder grounder by senior Allie Luisi. The Panthers plated the game-winning run in the fifth when Hebert singled, pinch runner Kristina Bove went to second on a wild pitch, and scored on Barata's single up the middle.

            Plymouth State wraps up the regular season with three home doubleheaders this week at D&M Park, beginning Tuesday vs. rival Keene State College.  PSU and KSC are both two games over .500 in conference play. 

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